Swept Away Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Swept Away Valentines Day Blog Hop! 140+ authors….TONS of goodies to be won.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Peppermint Candy Hearts

2 tblsp. salted butter

2 tblsp. vegetable shortening

3 tblsp. warm water

5 cups sifted confectioners sugar

2 drops of red food color

1/4 tsp. oil of peppermint

cheaCombine butter, shortening, 2 tblsp. warm water and 2 cups of the confectioners sugar in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining sugar and 1 tablespoon warm water. Mix. (You might need to add 1 tablespoon more confectioners sugar if the mixture is not stiff enough to roll out.

Dilute the 2 drops of food coloring in teaspoon of water. Pour the coloring into the sugar mixture and mix until the batter is pink. Add the oil of peppermint. Mix again.

Roll out the dough onto a surface lightly dusted with the confectioners sugar. It should be rolled until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut it into shapes and lay them flat for about 2 hours to dry and form.

Store in an airtight container. The recipe makes about 42 hearts.

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Prize Time! Please comment below telling me what your favorite Valentine’s Day candy is for a chance to win an e-copy of any book on my backlist!

Also, please help yourself to a free copy of DAMON’S TOUCH available HERE!

I’ll leave you with a little snippet from my upcoming release:

WithoutAiden_ByDianneHartsock-200x300Without Aiden

A terrible car accident has left Tris’ parents dead and his sister paralyzed. The town blames his drinking. Aiden has left him. Hoping that time heals all wounds, Tris brings Aiden a birthday gift, made with love. A small crack opens in Aiden’s heart, but is it wide enough to let Tris back in? Can Tris find forgiveness for his fatal mistake and regain Aiden’s love, or must he leave all he loves behind to find peace?


It had been three fucking months. Aiden had to talk to him, give him a hint of that gorgeous smile he lived for. Shit. What if Aiden wasn’t alone?

Tris locked his bike at the empty stand and tucked wisps of light hair behind his ears with a shaky hand. Aiden’s red Fiat sat in its space outside his apartment door. At least he was home this morning. He could easily be spending his birthday with someone else.

Paling at the thought, Tris slung his pack on his shoulder and walked to the door. He had nothing to lose at this point. He didn’t expect much, but maybe they could talk. Clear the air. Tris missed him. God, he’d suffered hell. Months of empty days and long, achy nights without his lover.

He rapped on the door and his heart sank when he heard voices and a soft laugh inside. Jealousy bit through him, but he shoved it away. Didn’t matter. He’d brought Aiden a gift and he’d be damned if he was leaving without delivering it.

He lifted his hand, then dropped it to his side and laughed without humor. He’d worn his best jacket too. As if Aiden would be impressed with anything he did. He set the backpack at his feet and carefully removed the small tissue-wrapped box.

He hefted it in his hand, heavier than it looked, and gently stroked a thumb over it. Damn. All of his love and yearning had gone into this gift he’d promised Aiden on one of their hikes in the forest outside town. Tris’s breath quickened as he recalled the exact moment, Aiden naked and sweaty in his arms, Tris’s spent cock in his hot ass. He rolled to his back when Aiden nudged him with his elbow. “What…”

“Didn’t you feel that?” Aiden’s hand dove under the jackets they were lying on and came up with the offending knot of wood. He rubbed his side. “Bet I get a bruise.”

“Fuck. I’m sorry.” Tris reached for the chunk, but Aiden shrugged and tossed it with their backpacks.

“Make me something with it,” Aiden ordered. They both looked up at a piercing cry. A hawk swooped over the treetops. “Carve him for me.”

Tris glanced at his darling and his heart flipped over. Aiden’s dark hair stood in wild disarray around his beautiful face. Tris leaned close and sucked the beckoning full bottom lip into his mouth. He groaned, recalling the silver hoop in the luscious flesh sliding over his dick earlier.

Aiden murmured approval and his tongue dove in, the silver ball in its center grazing the roof of Tris’s mouth, sending a shiver of lust through him. He gripped Aiden’s hair, holding him in place as their tongues twined and fenced.

Tris jolted back to the moment when the apartment door suddenly opened in his face. The blood rushed from his heart and roared in his ears. Aiden leaned against the door frame and Tris’s hungry gaze ran over his slim body, his mouth going dry at the soft line of curls disappearing into the tattered shorts sitting low on Aiden’s hips. He jerked his attention back to Aiden’s eyes, meeting his intense blue gaze.

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About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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14 Responses to Swept Away Blog Hop!

  1. dee says:

    To be honest we don’t have valentines candy, although I’d love a box of maltesers right now!

    Happy valentines day Dianne!


  2. Sue Adams says:

    I think, given my abysmal diet, I should stick to eye candy on Valentine’s Day, alas…
    I love the excerpt and blurb of your new book, Dianne.

    corieltauviqueen (at) yahoo.co.uk

  3. Nancy S says:

    Duh, Chocolate! What woman worth the title doesn’t love it?

  4. suze294 says:

    Definitely chocolates – but has to be soft centres : violet creme, raspberry creme, lemon, perhaps strawberry and orange too!

  5. cassandrahicks says:

    Chocolate covered strawberries 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  6. Ashley E says:

    Anything with chocolate, but especially if it has peanuts or peanut butter! Yummy.

  7. Beth says:

    I like any kind of milk chocolate. Kat-Kats, Hershey bars, M and Ms, chocolate lollipops, etc., etc…
    Thanks for doing the hop!


  8. Trix says:

    Dark chocolate for sure (but now that you mention it, Dee, Maltesers sound so good)…


  9. SheriV says:

    I really want some chocolate covered cherries. I must hit up the clearance candy!

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  10. Sherry S. says:

    Anything dark chocolate and if you add nuts and caramel in it I will be really happy.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  11. shadowluvs2read says:

    My favorite is chocolate and caramel!! Yum! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂

  12. chickie434 says:

    My favorite is anything with chocolate and peanut butter.


  13. bn100 says:

    Hershey bars


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